PlayStation Network Attack

The PlayStation Network currently finds itself shut down after a major DDoS attack on its servers. Sony had announced a routine shut down for server maintenance on Monday, but many fans turned on their PlayStation’s on Sunday with the unexpected shutdown.

Sony has stated through Twitter that it is currently working on the problem. PlayStation Blog confirms that no personal information has been access by the hackers.

A hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, also hitting Blizzard, Riot Games and Grinding Gear with the same DDoS attack. If the shutdown wasn’t enough, the group also diverted Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley’s flight to San Diego through messages to American Airlines stating that there were ”explosives on-board.”

Smedley confirmed he was on the flight and landed safely in Phoenix, AZ.

Shutting down a major corporation’s servers is one thing, but bomb threats on an airplane are bound to get Homeland Security involved. Sony and its engineers are working round the clock to fix the issue. To that end, Sony issued another statement Sunday evening.

Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Hopefully everything will return to normal soon.

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